The rally will be held in the parking lot of St. Gertrude's Church, 28 School Street Street, Bayville from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
North Shore-LIJ aims to phase out inpatient bed services at Glen Cove Hospital in January 2014. The hospital also plans to expand ambulatory surgery center, medical offices, outpatient cancer services, a community health and outreach center, and physical therapy and rehabilitation.
The changes are necessary, hospital officials said, noting that operations are “unsustainable.” The hospital intends to identify job opportunities within the North Shore-LIJ system for workers affected by the changes.
The surrounding community has largely opposed the change."A hospital is NOT a hospital without beds. A compromise with 100 beds is what we need," Arthurs Stein wrote on Glen Cove Patch.
"The ideal number of beds must include Telemetry and Critical Care beds. If not, then there will be a constant convoy of ambulances between Glen Cove and Manhasset, St. Francis, LIJ, and Winthrop," George Dunn MD added on Glen Cove Patch.
Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi asks residents to sign an online petition at change.org, urging the hospital to maintain services.